Hi I am new to the thread but I thought that I may could help someone struggling with the same problems I had. First off, I began using at age 19 (I am now 27) before that I had drank alcohol on occasion but never did drugs. My family is littered with drug addicts on both sides, needless to say after my first pink Lortab 10 I was hooked. I progressively moved from oxy to methadone over the years and even managed to graduate college despite my addiction. After graduating and being hired as a educator I decided to make a change and started suboxone treatment, I stayed on the treatment for two years before coming off. I beat my addiction, and yes to me I was addicted to suboxone as well, by tapering very very slowly over 6 months. I started at 16mg, down to 12, down to 8 until I was literally taking a sliver the size of my fingernail of a 2 mg strip. I had virtually no side effects or withdrawl other than the mental symptoms ( anxiety, and low energy for the most part). To anyone looking to break free from suboxone I advise you to not try cold turkey it is near impossible and I have tried it several times making it less than a week each time. Also, after my last suboxone strip I asked my local dr. For a script of clonidine, it does wonders! Please don't be like me thinking there was nothing out in the world outside of pills and feeling good. I lost 8 years of my life using this rational and am more happy today than I was that entire time. Of you want more info or need to talk let me know and I will be glad to help.